I wanted to introduce myself, since I've enjoyed very much reading posts here on Dhamma Wheel and posting a few questions. I came to mindfulness as a practice method a year ago when a friend mentioned John Kabat Zinn. After meditating by his method for a few weeks and discovering the power of meditation, I started researching the topic online and happened to come across many articles published on Buddhist websites (buddhanet, access to insight, etc). I had no idea how much the training of the mind has been cultivated by Buddhists for over 2000 years! After that, I bought a bunch of books (Buddhism plain and simple, Everyday Zen), learned about the Dhamma, got Bhikkhu Boddhi's wonderful anthology of the Canon (which I now resort to almost daily), got more and more into meditation, and now I can say that I am well on the Path, ready for another year of tremendous growth. Most of my resolutions for the new year involve some elements of the Path, such as taking on the 5 Precepts, giving more, cultivating a mind of compassion, capturing insights and journaling about them, improving my meditation posture, etc. I would also like to attend a few retreats and get involved with a community here in the UK (I live in north London). Of the various branches of Buddhism, I have decided to practice the Theravada approach, having briefly tested Tibetan Buddhism and Korean Zen. I also happen to find tremendous inspiration in the powerful Pali suttas.
I'm excited to be on Dhamma Wheel and look forward to many fascinating discussions!